Chicken Curry

Today I am sharing a family recipe: Mangalorean Chicken Curry.

Estimated Time:
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4-5 people

The Goodness Inside the Curry:
1 whole chicken or 3-4 cups cut up into pieces;
salt to taste;
5-6 sprigs of curry leaves (adjust to taste);
1 medium tomato (fresh or frozen);
1 tsp of tamarind paste or lemon juice;
3 tbsp of vegetable oil;
1 tsp of turmeric powder;
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces; and
2 cans of coconut milk


The Masala:
4 medium onions;
5-6 dried red chilies, more/less depending on how spicy you like it;
1/2 tsp of whole cloves;
1 cinnamon stick broken in half;
1 tsp of cumin seeds;
1 tsp of black mustard seeds;
1 tsp of coriander seeds;
1 tsp of black peppercorns;
3 cloves of garlic; and
1 small piece of ginger

*optional: 1/4 cup of chopped coriander for garnish


The Process:

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Step 1: In a frying pan on low heat, lightly roast the following: red chilies, cloves, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, coriander seeds, and peppercorns (not pictured), until fragrant, be careful not to burn it. Let cool.

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Step 2: Peel and chop the onions and add to a large pot with the oil. Sauté the onions over medium high heat until golden brown and add oil as needed. Once done, let cool.

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Step 3: Grind the lightly roasted ingredients until you achieve a powder like consistency.

Step 4: Take the sautéed onions and grind them into a puree/thick paste.

Step 5: Pour the onion puree and the rest of the ground up ingredients, cook over medium high heat.

Step 6: Add in your salt, chicken pieces and potatoes and tamarind/lemon juice and let cook over medium high heat, with a closed lid. Cook for about 10 minutes.

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Step 7: To the mixture add in the diced tomatoes, finely chopped ginger and garlic. Continue to let it cook with the lid closed for an additional 10 minutes.

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Step 8: Add curry leaves and turmeric powder as well as both cans of coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes.

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Step 9: Garnish with coriander (optional) and serve with basmati rice, naan or roti.

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Enjoy and happy cooking!

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2 thoughts on “Chicken Curry

  1. I’m quite good at eating,much better at that than cooking. That’s probably why I buy a lot of prepared foods. This recipe looks good, though. Now if only I could find somebody to cook it for me. I think I’ll go visit my sister. Thanks for the idea.

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